Trustee-Area Election System Is Now in Place
Dear Members of the Los Alamitos Unified School District Community,
After an eight-month process that included 11 draft maps prepared by professional demographers and 36 public meetings to solicit community input, the Orange County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board of Education have formally approved the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board plan to divide the district into five trustee voting areas.
This map of the voting areas will be in effect for the November 2020 election.
This means that instead of voting for all five members of the school board, a voter will select one trustee to represent their area of the school district. The change in the election system will have no effect on school attendance boundaries.
Areas 2, 4 and 5 will hold elections in November, and Areas 1 and 3 will hold elections in 2022.
The school board is moving to a trustee-area voting system because the California Voting Rights Act strongly discourages the previous at-large system. Dividing the school district into trustee areas helps ensure that minority group voting rights in the community are protected and not abridged or diluted.
“My fellow Board members and I want to express our gratitude to the community,” said Board President Meg Cutuli, “for the valuable input throughout the process that was influential in how we made our final decision.”
Complete information about the process of moving to the new electoral system can be found at https://www.losal.org/voting.